The First Draft

I have finished the first draft of my first novel, Dark House. Word count: 66,873 Time to complete: A year and some change – I did not write consistently. I’m proud, but it’s definitely not time to pop open the bubbly yet. I have some serious editing to do. For example, my main character had…

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1st Novel, 1st Draft!

My first draft of Dark House is sitting at 59,400 words right now. I have three chapters left to write, tops. I’m almost done with the first draft of my first novel! This is only one step in the labor intensive process of publishing a book. However, it’s a huge step, and I’ll be glad…

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I’m Scared to Try

I’m scared to put myself out there. I’m scared to finish my book and release it. I’m scared to post regularly on social media. I’m scared to be noticed. But above all, I’m scared to not be noticed. After months of putting it off, I finally started an Instagram (@kirajcole) to accompany this blog. Part…

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Why Am I Like This? | On Focus

I drive myself crazy with my constantly changing mind and moods. Bear with me, ya’ll. For a couple months, I had the idea in my head that I could do everything I’m passionate about at once. That I could work my regular job 40 hours per week, write my novel, paint, design jewelry, do whatever…

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Lowering My Expectations

When I decided to write Dark House (the working title of my book), I had some big plans. Some big, ridiculous plans. The first draft was supposed to be done by August 1st, giving me about four months to write it. That date has come and gone and I’m a little under halfway done with…

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Should You Tell People You’re Writing a Book?

So you’ve decided to write a book. Should you share that information with your friends and loved ones? I don’t know what the “right” answer is, but here’s my opinion: Only if you’re very serious about it. Only tell people who have a track record of supporting you. What qualifies as very serious? You’ve started…

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Can I Do This?

Novel Word Count: 16,242 Can I do this? Can I make a living off writing? I made the mistake of Googling “Should I be a writer?”; I knew it was a bad idea. I found all sorts of discouraging information. In one mean spirited article the writer essentially said: writing is hard, you probably suck at…

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My First Novel: Week 1 – Resistance

When I started last week I committed to writing 1,000 words per day.  I don’t have a perfect record so far but I’ve been making progress. I’ve missed a couple of days and come up short on word count on others due to working more than I usually do. After a week and a half…

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